I am a Research Associate in Language Variation and Change at the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, primarily working with the data collected as part of the Múin Béarla project.
I was recently a Research Assistant in Sociolinguistics at the University of Glasgow, where I worked on the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA), and helped create Speak for Yersel, a new educational resource for the study of Scots in the classroom.
My research interests include examining how we judge others (or don’t!) based on their grammar, as well as how children learn both the linguistic and social aspects of language use. I also have a broader interest in how to communicate the findings and values of the field of Linguistics to the general public, including dispelling the notions that there is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ language, and instead celebrating all the varied ways we communicate with each other.